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Nassir Little Shows Promise, Earns Incomplete Grade

Nearly two-thirds of the way through the 2019-20 season, Bleacher Report takes a look at the NBA’s rookie-class.

Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA season has seen a mix of rookies that are dominating (see: Ja Morant, Zion Williamson once he hit the court), struggling (see: Jordan Poole), and anywhere in between.

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report took a look at this year’s rookie class and ran down the positives and negatives of those that played the most minutes. Though Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little hasn’t played enough minutes to qualify for his evaluation (500 minutes), he did discuss Little’s performance under his “non-qualifiers” section:

No. 25: Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers

Little has had encouraging stretches for Portland, and once he becomes a more reliable shooter, he’ll come closer to earning a role. Shooting 43.0 percent, he brings good energy and athleticism to the Blazers’ frontcourt.

Little is averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds this season while shooting 26 percent from the 3-point line. He’s shot 40 percent from the 3-point line over the last month.

Does Little have a place in the Trail Blazers frontcourt going forward? Share your thoughts in the comments!